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Young Moravian girls throw their shoes at the door on Christmas Eve to determine who will soon be married.
Helene Cincebeaux and Helen Zemek Baine Collection


The Maiden Threw Her Shoe

If and when one will be married is a question asked all over the world. In parts of Moravia, it was a popular custom on Christmas Eve for unwed girls to take off one shoe, turn their back to their front door, and toss the shoe at the door. Tradition said that if the shoe landed with its toe pointing to the door, the girl would be married before the next Christmas.